[Tweeters] Edmonds Roundup - December 2021

Carol Riddell cariddellwa at gmail.com
Sat Jan 1 09:30:26 PST 2022

Hi Tweeters,

Happy new year. We did not add any new species to the 2021 year list during December.

There were other sightings of interest of species that are already on our year list. A Black-throated Gray Warbler was reported on the Edmonds marina breakwater 12-5-2021. A Peregrine Falcon (code 3) and an Eared Grebe (code 4) were at Haines Wharf Park 12-13-2021. A Barn Swallow flew through the Edmonds Bowl 12-14-2021. An American Kestrel (code 4) was near Chase Lake 12-15-2021. An Iceland Gull (Thayer’s) was spotted on an elementary school play field among other gulls during the CBC 12-18-2021. A Wilson’s Snipe (code 3) on Shell Creek in Yost Park 12-28-2021, apparently a new species at that location. A Hermit Thrush was out in plain view, not acting skulky at all, at Chase Lake 12-29-2021. There were various reports of White-throated Sparrow (code 3) throughout December. A couple were at private homes and others were at Willow Creek Hatchery near the marsh and at Mathay-Ballinger Park near Lake Ballinger.

The lone Brewer’s Blackbird (code 3) of Edmonds is a female. After she lost her mate a few years back, she continued to hang out around the senior center at Olympic Beach, just south of the ferry dock. When that building was razed for construction of the new community center, she moved to Brackett’s Landing on the north side of the ferry dock. She has continued to be seen at that location, with eight eBird sightings in December.

The big misses this year for Edmonds were Eurasian Wigeon and Pectoral Sandpiper, both code 3 for the city. Interestingly, an Eurasian Wigeon was seen in the northwest corner of Lake Ballinger yesterday. That is Mountlake Terrace. The bird was seen swimming toward the Edmonds part of the lake, but it then turned around and remained in Mountlake Terrace. So we couldn’t get a last minute tick.

We have 192 species on our 2021 year list as of December 31st. This is the highest number we have reached since we started keeping track in 2013. The previous high was 187. I am always grateful to those of you who share your Edmonds sightings with me. It helps us keep an accurate count of our year birds and our rare birds. Thank you! If you would like a copy of our 2022 city checklist, please request it at checklistedmonds at gmail.com <mailto:checklistedmonds at gmail.com>. The 2022 checklist reflects 279 species, the new ones being Red-naped Sapsucker, White-rumped Sandpiper, and Tropical Kingbird. We also adjusted a couple of abundance codes.

The checklist of 2021 year birds is updated and available for viewing in the bird information box on the wall of the Olympic Beach Visitor Station at the base of the public pier. The 2022 checklist will be posted shortly.

Good birding,

Carol Riddell
Edmonds, WA

Abundance codes: (1) Common, (2) Uncommon, (3) Harder to find, usually seen annually, (4) Rare, 5+ records, (5) Fewer than 5 records
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